UAS / Drone Licensing
Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) is constantly increasing in both the private and commercial sectors with agricultural uses related to both. In June 2016, the Federal Aircraft Administration (FAA) responded to this development by adding a new part to their rules and regulations to cover these systems (14 CFR Part 107) and continue to add to these rules.
Uses in Agriculture:
Agriculture has begun adopting UAS technology. Many commercial agricultural companies and even some farms have started using these systems to effectively increase crop production. They are mainly used for aerial imagery allowing a rapid bird's-eye view. While the simple UAS capture pure imagery or video with a standard camera and allow for visual inspection from above, some advanced models are outfitted with multispectral cameras such as Normalized Difference Vegetative Index (NDVI) and near-infrared (NIR). These sensors add the ability to measure plant health and tailor solutions or remedies for parts of a field. It can help farmers make useful decisions throughout the entire growing...